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$DG said that in 2015, it repurchased $1.3Bil, or 17.6MM shares under its share repurchase program for an average price of $74.03 per share. On March 8, 2016, the company's Board of Directors approved a 14% increase in its quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share. This will be payable on April 12, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 29, 2016.
Apple ($AAPL) reported decline in sales and profits from comparable quarter last year, attributing the decline to announcement of iPhone 7/7s. Sales and profit are being guided higher for next quarter. Apple is a solid company and will continue to dominate tech and consumer electronics segment for a while. Personally, looks like there is little downside in this investment.
Waiting with fingers crossed for $AAPL’s fourth quarter earnings.
Looking ahead to $AAPL earnings release later in the afternoon today? Gene Munster, analyst from Piper Jaffrey and the most respected authority for Apple, had this to say - "The second and slightly larger group of investors believe the tail of the iPhone 7 is irrelevant, and is betting that the iPhone 10th Anniversary will yield a jump in growth from flat to up ~15%."